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African History: Intro

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Welcome to this research guide in African History. I am Robyn Reid, the librarian for history topics. In this research guide, you will find recommendations on where to look for resources in African History. 

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Librarian for: Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Communication Studies, Education, Geography, History, Military Science, Political Science

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Scholarly journals from first issue to 3-5 years ago, plus recent scholarly ebooks. Multiple subjects, especially strong in arts and sciences. Coverage dates: 1800 - present


Historical Abstracts with Full Text

Scholarly and peer-reviewed articles about the history of the world, excluding the United States and Canada. Coverage dates: 1955 - present

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Historical primary sources from around the world about a variety of subjects. Coverage dates: 1400 - present

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Reference Books

Africa: An Introduction to History, Politics, and Society

In-depth overview of African history and politics from the Atlantic slave trade, through the phases of colonialism and decolonization, to the development problems of the present.

The Black Handbook

Spanning three continents, this is a study of the African people, which describes and analyzes the essential events, ideas and personalities of Africa and the African diaspora past and present. Contains data, statistical information and background material on the politics and culture of Africans and people of African descent worldwide.

The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Middle-Eastern and North African History

Examines the defining processes and structures of historical developments in North Africa and the Middle East over the past two centuries.